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20 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 305

weekend link love2Episode #28 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and it’s an essay by yours truly. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a scathing critique of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from a postcolonial essentialist-tinged third wave feminist perspective, now’s your chance. Actually, it’s an essay laying out the case against cardio. If you have any questions for future podcasts, please let me know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

A new Primal Blueprint Publishing eBook is available for Amazon Kindle: Picture Real Food. With informative handouts about healthy eating that you can download and send to others and drool-worthy recipes from nutrition experts, it’s a great way to introduce your friends and family to your way of eating.

Research of the Week

When you study actual living and breathing runners who’ve switched to barefoot-style running, the results are overwhelmingly positive.

People prefer the taste of meat from chickens raised on grasshoppers and free range forage.

According to the latest meta-analysis, organic produce tends to have more antioxidants, fewer heavy metals, and far less pesticide residue than conventional produce (PDF). I can’t wait to see how they spin this one.

The case for running over pedestrians in GTA: being bad in a video game can make us more morally sensitive in the real world.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why using elastic bands may be holding back your progress toward an unassisted pullup.

How even the hardest-core of the vegans are still eating and killing animals, written by a former vegan who now hunts deer.

Media, Schmedia

The Active Times digs into the benefits of exercising outdoors, with a little help from a familiar voice.

Just the fact that an outfit like Time Magazine is asking whether calorie counting makes sense or not is a huge step forward.

Everything Else

I was recently interviewed for The Legacy Project. Check it out to read my thoughts on personal integrity, professional success, wealth building, and to learn the best advice I’ve ever received.

I visited the Live to 110 podcast and had a great discussion with Wendy Myers, the host and a fellow Malibu resident, about all things Primal.

The human placenta is perhaps the most remarkable “organ” of all, and there’s a lot we don’t know about it.

For some couples, the nuclear family just doesn’t work. People are increasingly forming multi-family households with friends (not family) to save money, reduce their share of the mortgage, and, unwittingly I’d argue, return to a form of ancestral community living that we miss out on.

Sitting at a table for dozens of hours on end isn’t very Primal, but thanks to a unique food truck that follows Primal principles and services the World Series of Poker with food and personal training, top poker players are healthier than ever.

And just like that, you’ve spent the last half hour watching grizzly bears catch salmon out of an Alaska river. Don’t act like you’re not a little bit jealous, either.

Dr. Ron had a great chat with Jimmy Moore the other day about his experience bringing health and wellness to South Asians living in Silicon Valley.

Recipe Corner

  • Nothing like a steaming hot mug of hamburger on a cold wintry day, is there?
  • This recipe proves that throwing together a bunch of random, high quality stuff you like usually turns out well.

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 20 – July 26)

Comment of the Week

I felt a disturbance in The Force. As if many paid off dieticians just grasped their wallets in pain and threw up a little icon smile

– I’m a helpless sucker for Star Wars references.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Chickens fed a diet of grasshopper? That’s the quirkiest thing I’ve read all week. So intrigued that I’ve going to have to try this out!

    Dan wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Having raised egg chickens, they love catching and eating bugs. Bugs are a natural part of a chickens diet as well as tender greens .

      Ingvildr wrote on July 20th, 2014
      • I laugh, albiet sadly, when I see eggs offered in the grocery as “Vegan fed” eggs…. uh, that’s just grains right? Chickens are NOT vegans so why feed them that way! ;-)

        2Rae wrote on July 21st, 2014
  2. I’m very interested in the minimalist footwear movement, and would like to try it, but can’t find any information on how this works for those of us already injured in some way. I have “flat feet” and bunions; one foot has been aching and cramping under the bunion and at the top of the ankle and now affecting my shin when I walk. The other foot has basic heel pain.

    I’m fearful to just throw away the supportive shoes since most podiatrists say this will “destroy” my feet. I’ve searched the internet for information, but can’t find anything on people – older people – who have long term problems (I’m in my fifties).

    Any thoughts?

    D. wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Transition gradually. Listen to your feet. Don’t throw away your shoes until you’re sure you don’t need to go back to them even for a little bit. Give yourself months. Feet adjust the most in the first two months but can continue to adjust for years.

      Anemone wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Try the work of Katy Bowman – katysays.com and Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain (also applicable to men!)

      PrimalParkGirl wrote on July 20th, 2014
      • Thank you!

        D. wrote on July 20th, 2014
  3. By the way, I’m talking about walking, not running!

    D. wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • I started using vivo barefoot shoes in my 50’s, (for walking, as I am not a runner) and have had a bunion since my teens. And sometimes heel pain.
      My take is that some minimalist shoes are a bit thin soled if you are walking on pavements mostly, but great for grass, earth etc. I use an extra footbed in my vivos in town. I use an over the counter short arch support to help combat the collapse of the foot arch that bunions seem to encourage, and regularly do the foot and pelvis exercises that Katy Bowman promotes. (I resisted the arch support for years but it does help as there is no way other than surgery to get rid of the enlarged bunion joint, and it has an effect on gait in my case for sure).

      Transition slowly, and remember that the shoes alone will probably not help, might even be worse?? without the exercises if you already have a problem.

      Minamilist shoes are still my most comfortable shoes as I continue in my 60’s with self experimentation and slow continued improvement.

      Jane wrote on July 21st, 2014
      • Thanks so much for your reply. So, I went to the Vivo Barefoot site, and the shoes don’t seem to come in a wide width, which lately I need to accommodate the bunions, even though I don’t actually have a wide foot per se. So – which ones are you using?

        And so you can put an arch support in those shoes, and still have enough room? I do plenty of stretching, by the way; I’d be in worse shape without that. I’ll certainly check out KB’s exercises. If you began wearing these shoes in your fifties – did you have problems by then? I am very wary, but willing to give this a shot.

        D. wrote on July 21st, 2014
        • I had a knee problem which wearing vivos really helped, and was lucky enough to buy them when they were first developed in the UK. The original lace ups were leather inside and out and seemed to fit my broadest foot more comfortably than later models with more synthetic materials, although the footprint seems to be the same. After wearing them happily for many years I then experienced a little heel pain, hence my comment on thickness of the sole, as I felt that might have contributed. But also I was not doing any kind of foot/pelvis exercises at that point as I was much less aware of foot mechanics then.
          The running shoe which they added to the range a few years ago and still make, does not fit my shape of foot well. Recently Vivo’s for everyday use have had a makeover and all the styles I knew fitted me well are gone, although some of the new models look promising there has been quite a hike in price, and I have not yet tried any on, perhaps someone else reading this has some and can comment.
          The orthaheel insert I use is quite slim, goes under the heel and finishes before the ball of the foot and I can wear it with pretty much all of my shoes, although it makes them a little snugger, but nothing like a full foot insert.
          I have problems with finding wide enough comfortable shoes minimalist or not, and the best ones so far have been the just discontinued Vivo’s, and a pair of Vibram five finger trekking shoes with a thicker commando type sole (or my monkey feet as bemused friends call them).
          My impression from the internet is that perhaps the US has more choice of such shoes than here in the UK? – when my Vivo’s wear out I will try the German made ‘Barr’ shoes which have quite wide toe boxes, and some zero heel models.
          The feature of barefoot shoes that I have found most helpful re comfort, preventing a worsening of the bunion, and combating knee/ hip problems are the flexibility of the sole, the width of the toe box and a completely zero heel.
          Hope that is a bit useful, good luck with it all!

          Ps, not really relevant, but I also think that shoes that allow you to feel that the foot is a wonderfully evolved, complex and miraculous engineering feet, oops, feat, are a step in the right direction away from all those shoes that are produced where style is way more important than functionality………..

          Jane wrote on July 21st, 2014
        • Thank you, Jane.

          D. wrote on July 21st, 2014
        • Hi, I’ve recently tried vivo’s but didn’t like the feel. For the past two+ years, I’ve been using “innovate shoes”, which are also from England, to great satisfaction. You should check them out as they have a wide range and styles to choose from.

          Time Traveler wrote on July 22nd, 2014
  4. Better late than never! :)

    Helena wrote on July 20th, 2014
  5. So… I had to actually google “GTA pedestrians” to make sure Mark wasn’t encouraging us to “run over pedestrians in [the Greater Toronto Area]”
    Any other Canadians have to do a double take at the use of GTA??
    (obviously I’m not a gamer!)

    A Canadian wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Grand Theft Auto.

      Norge Viking wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Lol yes! I immediately thought Toronto when I read that ! Obviously not a gamer either !

      Another Canadian wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Lol, yes, I had to read it again before I made the jump from greater Toronto area to Grand Theft Auto!

      Tara wrote on July 23rd, 2014
  6. The deer hunter is right. While none of our modern overpopulating ways are going to save the world anything close to a real answer is going to have to either involve the circle of life (and some kind of population control in my opinion) or a whole new level of science and political agreement we don’t currently possess.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on July 20th, 2014
    • Population control?! Who can be trusted to control people? There were some very infamous world leaders in the 20th Century who had exactly the same ideas. Maybe we could separate the breeders from the non-breeders by making them wear colored arm-bands or sending them to special interment camps. Will you be the first volunteer to control your natural breeding habits – maybe submit to castration or having your uterus ripped out?

      gdiubs wrote on July 21st, 2014
      • You see that’s why we are doomed. I set off alarm bells merely by suggesting the obvious that there are too many of us and that it must change. I suspect it will end up being from a war, plague or natural disaster because we will obviously just continue to breed ourselves to death like brainless bacteria. I am not Hitler and I do not have the answer and I am not suggesting death camps. I did however get a vasectomy when I was 30 and I have no kids and I am OK with that.

        Groktimus Primal wrote on July 21st, 2014
  7. I am carnivore most definitely but I think the salmon would have a different point of view.

    Tuba wrote on July 20th, 2014
  8. Glad you brought up the topic of “beyond the nuclear family.” I really love a book about an ethnic group in China called the Na or Moso people. They don’t have fathers or husbands. People live in matrilineal households with their siblings and the children of the mothers in the family. The men go out at night and jump in the windows of other people’s sisters and mothers. Some people have some idea of who their father is, but it’s not a requirement. These people are born with a home, a family, and a job (they are mostly farmers and traders). they don’t have to go out and create one from scratch. Nobody is married, so everybody has a family. Hardly anyone lives alone (although women sometimes go live by themselves in a small house if they want to). Relationships can last anywhere from one night to several decades, but it’s nobody else’s business. As a result, their romantic relationships are remarkably “pure”: they’re ONLY about romantic love and sex, not about money or houses or the need to have a family. You HAVE a family by virtue of being born. This book is called A Society Without Husbands or Fathers. The men in these households bond with their sisters’ children, with whom they live. They may know that they have biological children in the surrounding houses and villages, and they may sometimes visit those children and bring gifts, but their primary allegiance for life is to their matrilineal clan.

    shannon wrote on July 20th, 2014
  9. Being bad at a video game doesn’t make us more morally sensitive. At least that’s not what the study showed. It just showed that it could illicit feelings of guilt, meaning if you’re already morally sensitive, you might feel guilty.

    MC wrote on July 20th, 2014
  10. Great Link Love this week! Watching Grizzly Bears sitting in water is exactly what my Monday morning was lacking.

    Simon wrote on July 20th, 2014
  11. Simon wrote on July 20th, 2014
  12. Having a spin on the primal egg coffee as I read this ;)

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on July 21st, 2014
  13. I couldn’t agree more on the conclusion of the study of barefoot running.
    For 2 straight years I ran in minimalist shoes; starting with 4mm drop and moving on to zero drop. After which, I began to acclimate myself with handmade Huaraches (3mm) which I cut from a piece of lather, by going for long walks and practicing proper landing. When I felt ready, I went on 4km run (mixed pavement, hard boardwalk and turf), which I ended with a blister to show and little soreness in my calves which vanished rapidly. My next run was even better and I managed to introduce sprints.

    A friend of mine on the other hand, went from minimalist shoes to running 10km straight (5 with shoes and 5 without) and ended up with sour legs; so there you have it.

    Time Traveler wrote on July 21st, 2014
  14. my keyboard is acting up…..It should read “without (!!!) a blister to show for (-;

    Time Traveler wrote on July 21st, 2014
  15. I have Ledderhose disease, which means I have tumors in the facia layer of skin on the soles of my feet……a tumor in each arch, and under the balls of my feet. It is very difficult for me to go barefoot at all, much less to run or walk outdoors on anything but sand or grass. I have to be very careful with no shoes on…..I have always felt that I simply will pretty much have to wear comfortable shoes always. Unless anyone has any suggestions for one with my condition? I have been able to find some pretty comfortable minimalist shoes…….

    Barney wrote on July 21st, 2014
  16. Great links this week and your interview was very good and inspiring!

    My bullet proof coffee was great this morning but I need to try Primal Coffee (I missed that post a year ago).

    Sheri wrote on July 21st, 2014
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  18. Hi John, You got me! I was uneasy about using the word “study” and should have used a different noun or quotation marks. But I’ve also misspoken on the subject of injury. Yesterday, I ran 4.5km barefoot. My run was intensive in comparison to prior ones, with the addition of 60+ meter sprint at the very end. I felt great, but begin to feel a light pain in my right metatarsal. 36 years ago, I suffered a stress fracture while on a forced paced March (part of my paratrooper training), which put me out of commission for 6+ weeks (I don’t remember in which foot). Unlike then, my foot didn’t swallow like a balloon (my only quitting option at the time, was to have my unit members carry me on a stretcher, which I declined), but it does hurt when stepping on it. However, I don’t have anyone to blame but myself, as I knowingly changed my form and gate in mid run (a big no no) and pushed myself; remember, I am running on hard sidewalks. My only hope is that my recovery time will be short, as I don’t see myself not running. After all, there isn’t a specific treatment but rest.

    And as for your comment “…now that MDA is a big business constructive criticism is no longer welcome…” I can relate to that. But this is capitalism. And yet, MDA is still unlike other web sites in a good way. Ironically, I signed up to another website based on a link by a guest writer on MDA, but had to unsubscribe, due to the fact that 70% of each article was pure advertising.

    Time Traveler wrote on July 22nd, 2014

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